EMLL 42nd Anniversary Show (2)

Mexican professional wrestling promotion Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL) celebrated their 42nd anniversary with three major professional wrestling shows centering on the anniversary date in mid to late September. The second EMLL 42nd Anniversary Show (Spanish: 42. Aniversario de EMLL) took place on September 26, 1975, in Arena México, Mexico City, Mexico to commemorate the anniversary of EMLL, which over time became the oldest professional wrestling promotion in the world. The Anniversary show is EMLL's biggest show of the year. The EMLL Anniversary Show series is the longest-running annual professional wrestling show, starting in 1934.

EMLL 42nd Anniversary Show #2
PromotionEmpresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre
DateSeptember 26, 1975[1]
CityMexico City, Mexico[1]
VenueArena México[1]
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The 1975 Anniversary show commemorated the 42nd anniversary of the Mexican professional wrestling company Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (Spanish for "Mexican Wrestling Promotion"; EMLL) holding their first show on September 22, 1933 by promoter and founder Salvador Lutteroth.[2] EMLL was rebranded early in 1992 to become Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre ("World Wrestling Council"; CMLL) signal their departure from the National Wrestling Alliance.[3] With the sales of the Jim Crockett Promotions to Ted Turner in 1988 EMLL became the oldest, still-operating wrestling promotion in the world.[3] Over the years EMLL/CMLL has on occasion held multiple shows to celebrate their anniversary but since 1977 the company has only held one annual show, which is considered the biggest show of the year, CMLL's equivalent of WWE's WrestleMania or their Super Bowl event. CMLL has held their Anniversary show at Arena México in Mexico City, Mexico since 1956, the year the building was completed, over time Arena México earned the nickname "The Cathedral of Lucha Libre" due to it hosting most of EMLL/CMLL's major events since the building was completed.[3] Traditionally EMLL/CMLL holds their major events on Friday Nights, replacing their regularly scheduled Super Viernes show.[3]



The event featured an undetermined number of professional wrestling matches with different wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripted feuds, plots and storylines. Wrestlers were portrayed as either heels (referred to as rudos in Mexico, those that portray the "bad guys") or faces (técnicos in Mexico, the "good guy" characters) as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[4] Due to the nature of keeping mainly paper records of wrestling at the time no documentation has been found for some of the matches of the show.



The second of three shows to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of EMLL's creation featured a number of matches, with only two of them being verified in sources. The first of two matches saw lucha libre legendary figure Blue Demon successfully defend the NWA World Welterweight Championship against veteran wrestler Karloff Lagarde, who at this point had already held a number of NWA World titles in various weight divisions. Lagarde was unable to add Blue Demon's title to his collection.[1][5][6][7][8]

The main event was yet another chapter in the long running storyline between Perro Aguayo and El Santo that started in the previous decade. On the night Aguayo was able to successfully defend his NWA World Middleweight Championship, defeating El Santo two falls to one.[1][5][6][7][9]


1Blue Demon (c) defeated Karloff LagardeBest two-out-of-three falls match for the NWA World Welterweight Championship[8]
2Perro Aguayo (c) defeated El SantoBest two-out-of-three falls match for the NWA World Middleweight Championship[5][6][7][9]
(c) – the champion(s) heading into the match


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "42nd Anniversary Show #2". Pro Wrestling History. September 26, 1975. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  2. ^ "Los Lutteroth / the Lutteroths". Lucha Libre: Masked Superstars of Mexican Wrestling. Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. 2005. pp. 20–27. ISBN 968-6842-48-9.
  3. ^ a b c d Madigan, Dan (2007). "A family affair". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperCollins Publishers. pp. 128–132. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3.
  4. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). ""Okay... what is Lucha Libre?"". Mondo Lucha a Go Go: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. New York, New York: HarperCollins Publishers. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. featuring clearly distinguished good guys and bad guys, or técnicos and rudos
  5. ^ a b c "Historia de Los Aniversarios del CMLL". The Gladiatores Magazine (in Spanish). September 2, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Historia de Los Aniversarios" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c Ruiz Glez, Alex (September 7, 2010). "CMLL: 79 historias, 79 Aniversario, las 79 luchas estelares". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "Mexico: EMLL NWA Welterweight Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 390. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  9. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Mexico: EMLL NWA World Middleweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 389–390. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.